• Address: 106 S Sixth St, Forest City, Iowa 50436-1713

  • Phone Number: 8772672157

  • Website: http://www.waldorf.edu/


Waldorf University is a Private for-profit type university. It was established in 1903 as a result of "The Great Hotel War of Forest City". Tradition, Passion, Community, and Success are expressed as the four pillars of the University.

  • It is a private liberal arts school located centrally in the Forest City, Iowa.

  • Waldorf University acceptance rate is 67%. 

  • The university is one of the Best Online Colleges in Iowa and believes that a truly well-rounded education not only involves academic studies but also the participation in the arts and sport-based activities.

Online Education at Waldorf University

  • The online courses help the students to study who are not able to pursue education directly due to other responsibilities.

  • It provides a Bachelors Degree and Associates Degree with various specializations.

  • The programs offered online include Business Communications, Criminal Justice, Education Emergency, Management Fire Science, Health Care Management, Homeland Security, Human Resources, Leadership, Psychology, Safety, Sports Management.


  • Reviews of Waldorf University say that students have found the university - environment-friendly and excellent for higher education.

  • The club activities are carried out regularly.

  • Most of the students loved their experience at Waldorf University and would suggest this university to other students for their higher education.

  • Waldorf is a multidisciplinary school that gives inhabitant and online projects to numerous understudies of various foundations.

  • The online experience gives an extraordinary individual way that relates the understudy and whole class together with the educator.


Institution Type

(4 Years) Private For-Profit

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Headquartered at

Forest city, Iowa

FAFSA/Federal School Code


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Institutional Accreditation


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Historically Black College or University



Columbia Southern University (CSU)

Data Source: http://www.waldorf.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS, Federal Student Aid, CHEA.


Key Statistics
Student Faculty Ratio 21: 1
Retention Rate Full Time: 60 % Part Time: 80 %
Total Population 2,227
Student Population Full Time: 1,729 Part Time: 498
Gender Division Male: 65 % Female: 35 %

Graduation Rate

The College Monk

Male: 16 %

The College Monk

Female: 41 %

Total Graduation Rate: 23 %

Graduation rate with bachelors degree completed

Race & Ethnicity

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

Majors and Online Programs

Waldorf University offers 96 online programs across 11 Majors

Business Management

Offering 36 programs accross 4 degrees

Criminal Justice

Offering 7 programs accross 3 degrees


Offering 13 programs accross 2 degrees

Homeland Security

Offering 10 programs accross 3 degrees

Applied Science

Offering 4 programs accross 1 degrees


Offering 2 programs accross 1 degrees

Public Administration

Offering 4 programs accross 2 degrees


Offering 7 programs accross 3 degrees


Offering 8 programs accross 3 degrees

Human Services

Offering 3 programs accross 2 degrees

Health Science

Offering 2 programs accross 2 degrees


Waldorf University Acceptance Rate is 67%

Admission Statistics
Total Applicants 748
Total Applicants Admitted 499
Applicants Enrolled 159
Full time Applicants Enrolled 132
Part Time Applicants Enrolled 27
Admission Requirements
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

Waldorf University Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)
Number of students submitting SAT scores 31
Number of students submitting ACT scores 128
Percent of students submitting SAT scores 19%
Percent of students submitting ACT scores 81%
SAT Math 460 average 410 - 510 range
SAT Critical Reading 440 average 420 - 460 range
ACT Composite 20 average 18 - 22 range

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2015-2016.

Waldorf University Admission ProcessAdmission Process in Waldorf University

Waldorf University offers a very wide spectrum of online education programs since 2010. Having an old history the university provides very experienced administration and faculty for the precise training courses. The University encourages the choice of the student to enroll in the program as per their interest. University is open to all students of the world with some minor changes in the admission process. As the university has various courses to offer an individual can have a look at the university for their further studies and university appreciates your decision. The different domains are as follows:

  • Admission process for undergraduate Students in Online program
  • Admission Process for Graduate Students in Online program
  • Admission Process for High School Students in Online Programs
  • Admission process for International Students in Online Program

Admission process for Undergraduate Students

The university has set some guidelines and rules for admission process and the student needs to submit some documents and certificates for the enrollment into the online program. The students who are opting for an online undergraduate program have to submit the following documents:

  • Submit the entire Application
  • Proved documentation of high - school completion or any similar certificate with proof 
  • The candidate who is transferring in 12 post-secondary credits or more can certify themselves that they have completed their high - school and need to give details of the city, high school name, state, year of graduation
  • An authorized copy of all the documents from the institution which are attended earlier than this
  • The candidate who does not have 12 post-secondary credits need to submit the authorized transcript of high school with GPA of a minimum of 2.0 or similar before enrolling in course
  • The students which are using  Federal Student Aid (FSA) need to fulfill all the eligibility criteria and need to accept the Waldorf University provisions

 Admission Process for Graduate Students

The students who wanted to go with the graduate degree program with Waldorf University need to submit the document and should fulfill the criteria of the university mentioned below:

  • Submit the entire Application
  • A bachelor degree from a renowned college or university which is acknowledged by the U.S. Department of Education and if any student has international document which has the proof then they need to submit an authorized and authenticated transcript of the same which is issued by government executive and is attested by the executive this document should be a proof of completion of accredited bachelor degree or similar to that
  • The candidate should possess at least 2.50 cumulative GPA in their graduate level certification 
  • The candidate who has a GPA of 2.00 to 2.49 will be reviewed by the Waldorf University admission executive /VPAA and if the review is found appropriate and if it is fulfilling the criteria then the student may get the admission to Waldorf University and with the precise status of application of that particular candidate. The mandatory condition is that the student needs to have at least B grade in the program with respect to their application status
  • The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) have the authority to convert and translate the documents which are not equivalent in U.S. as NACES is the authorized translating service 

Admission Process for High School Students

The student who wanted to get admission in Waldorf University needs to submit the document mentioned below:

  • Submit the entire Application
  • The age of the candidate should be 15 and have cumulative GPA of 2.5 and completed the sophomore year of high school
  • The candidate should have an approval letter from their high school which is allotted by school administration or institute's advisor or executive or counselor present in the high school
  • The letter of agreement from the parents or guardian of the candidate regarding their monetary support and responsibility.
  • Present school's Transcript's copy, If the student has homeschooled than parents are the one who can report the candidate's GPA and in the form of a documented letter to the director of admissions or to the registrar

 Admission process for International Students

The student needs to self-certify that they have completed their studies till Grade 12 and the document should be equivalent to a U.S. secondary school.  The document should be a proof of completion of course under an accredited high school diploma or GED certificate.An official from National Association of Credential Evaluation Services member organization(NACES) which is the authorized group to check and certify the student's international institute transcript will examine it. The registrar at the Waldorf University to whom the students need to send a copy of certifying institutes report.   

The students who are coming for admission from a country which does not have English as their primary language then they need to submit any one of them: 

  • International English Language Testing System Exam (IELTS)
  • Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

International English Language Testing System Exam (IELTS): A band of at least 5 or more is necessary.

Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): In paper-based version, it should be at least 500 or more and Internet-based version it should 61 or more.

The conditions for the students from which the TOEFL and IELTS scores are not needed 

  • Study in any discipline in which English was the language 
  • The institutions which are domiciled in the U.S. and Canada the student whose English language transcripts have been approved by them 
  • The Government of Vietnam issued written evidence of accomplishment of the C Level English certificate
  • A written evidence of successful completion of at least 30 academic semester hours of university or institute level courses excluding ESL for which one can change the possession. The language must be English for the course

For the further information, the students can go to the website of National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). There are some substitute options for those who do not fit into the essential criteria due to some unusual or rare reason can go for a petition. Under admission status policy the candidate can apply for admission using a substitute method and if the student got a permission then that student can apply for 4 courses and for those who are looking for non-degree basis. if the student's performance is good and that student is getting 3.0 GPA or higher after opting for 4 courses then they will be allowed to take degree course program. If in case the GPA of a student is less than 3.0 then that student will be terminated from the Waldorf University.

Authentication and Exceptional Cases

For verification process students need to submit the required documents and provide official high school or GED transcripts and any other required document or certification for completion of the authentication process. And, if the U.S. Department of Education picks a student for further verification then that student needs to have an evaluation. If the students fail to do so then that student will be dismissed from the process and forfeiture of credits. If the student is not able to submit an official high school transcript due to natural disaster the Waldorf University's registrar will check the petition of student and verify the eligibility for admission and in this case the student will be doing a nondegree course with the university and need to complete twelve (12) semester hours which should be approved by the university official.

Copies/Official Documents

Waldorf University from post-secondary institutions must get the official transcript for completion of the process. The student who are taking admission into online courses. Before completing twelve (12) undergraduate or six (6) graduate credit hours the student needs to give official transcripts. Only if the official transcripts are submitted then and only then official transfer credit will not be awarded and it should be accredited by U.S. Department of Education if not then the university will not provide a transfer credit as it is not fulfilling the transfer credit criteria. All the document or certification is given to the University for admission become the sole property of Waldorf University and it will not be returned at any time and Waldorf University is also not permitted to give it to the third party.

Application Completion

Once the application is completed the student will get some transfer credit evaluation. The evaluation of a single degree is free of cost and if the student wanted to get further evaluation then they need to pay 35 dollars for it. For all the necessary material the student will be notified after 6 business days. After this student can register for courses. The students need to submit the necessary documents on assistant.registrar@waldorf.edu.

Computer Connectivity

The Student must have a good connectivity and high-speed internet and an email account which is operated by a single person to finish the online course at Waldorf University. Student those who do not have their personal internet connection can check with the nearby libraries, schools, or a public business to locate access to the internet. The students should have Adobe reader and should save the documents in doc format and some software and courses will need some software so the student needs to check for them as well.   

Enrollment System

The course credit for the online education program depends upon the term format and will get examined according to semester hours. So according to this rule the 3 semester hours will be equivalent to 3 online courses. The calendar is designed in such a way that it provided the term start dates, end dates, and registration periods. For the attendance, there is no system designed on a regular basis the students can log in on weekly basis and review the week's assessment report and for the daily studies, they can do it offline. The student can submit their projects and can be a part of discussions. University official will let the students know about the course and the guidance which they need. Students are not allowed to abuse the attendance part else it will lead to cancellation of that term. If any student wanted to change anything then they can contact university administration for their queries. Each student will be notified via an email for any further updates or anything related to their candidature. The email mostly contains the information related to the course or online account. 

Policies Related to online program admission

Waldorf University has divided this into 3 different types. It can be temporary, conditional or accepted. In temporary the application of student is submitted and has not gone further for evaluation and the transfer credit is evaluated. In conditional, the application of student is submitted and approved, and transfer credit is examined on the copies of transcripts. In accepted, the application is approved and all the documents have been submitted as well as the transcripts and files. The university's transcript will not be given to the student who is on temporary status. For conditional status the transfer credit will not be given to students only transcript will be given. The accepted status student will get the transcript for all the institutions.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Students can avail financial assistance from Waldorf University in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans.

Students can also fill FAFSA/Federal School Code form and Waldorf University Federal school code is 001895.

  • The Federal Aid provided by the university includes Pell Grant, Direct Subsidized Loan, Direct PLUS Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Federal Work-Study.

  • The Institutional Aid available are Pillars Scholarship, Special Ability Awards, Create U Scholarship, Pass the Torch Scholarship, Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation Scholarship, Hero Behind The Hero Scholarship, John Thompson NSA Scholarship, Learning Partner Scholarship.

  • The State Aid includes Iowa Tuition Grant.

  • The Military Aid includes Tuition Assistance, Post 9/11 GI Bill.

Military and Veteran Benefits

Military Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Tuition Assistance $2,436 Served period of 36 months after September 10, 2001. Varies
Post 9/11 GI Bill $3,767 Honorably Discharged from the military. Served 30 days after Sep10,2001. Varies

Data Source: http://www.waldorf.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal Aid

Federal Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Pell Grant $3,794 An Undergraduate student. Accepted as a Regular student. June 30th, 2019
Federal Loans Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Direct Subsidized Loan $5,940 U.S.citizen or eligible immigrant. Accepted as a regular student. June 30th, 2019
Direct PLUS Loans Varies U.S.citizen or eligible immigrant. Accepted as a regular student in university. June 30th, 2019
Direct Unsubsidized Loan $5,940 U.S.citizen or an eligible immigrant. Demonstrate financial need. June 30th, 2019
Federal Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Federal Work-Study Varies Need of Financial support. U.S. National or Eligible non-resident. June 30th, 2019

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

State Grants and Scholarships

State Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Iowa Tuition Grant $2,815 Iowa residents. Demonstrate Financial Need. Varies

Data Source: http://www.waldorf.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Scholarships and Grants

Institutional Scholarships Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Pillars Scholarship Varies New residential students with scholastic aspiration. Varies
Special Ability Awards Varies Athletics, communication, drama, and music Demonstrating high achievement and potential Varies
Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation Scholarship $17,100 Members of Atlanta Fire Rescue Department. Varies
Hero Behind The Hero Scholarship $17,100 Spouse or child of the members of America’s military men, women, and public safety personnel. February 28th, 2019
Learning Partner Scholarship $17,100 Undergraduate. Demonstrate Leadership Quality. December 31st, 2018

Data Source: http://www.waldorf.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal Aid based on family income

Family Income Average Federal Aid per year
Under $30,000 $16,140
$30,001 - $48,000 $15,903
$48,001 - $75,000 $17,322
$75,001 - $110,000 $17,411
Over $110,000 $18,452

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal, State or Institutional Aid Awarded Percent Avg Amount per year
Undergraduate students awarded Pell grants 56% $3,400
Federal, State or Institutional aid awarded for Full-time, first-time undergraduates 99% $15,086
Federal Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 55% $4,511
Institutional Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 94% $12,750
Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 80% $8,150
Federal Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 76% $8,247
Average aid awarded as grant or scholarship $ 17,112
Post-9/11 GI Bill Award Number of Students Amount per year
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits 203 $3,790
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduate students 174 $3,767
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduate students 29 $3,927

Data Source: http://www.waldorf.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

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